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Love Bugs Flying in Florida

Just a heads up that the Love Bugs are back. I caught them on I75 about an hour outside of Tampa last week. This morning on the return trip I headed out at 4am and pretty much missed them. I've been told that they don't start flying until at least 80degrees.

When I did hit them they were'nt too dense, not sure if it's because this season is not too bad or if it's still early in the fall outbreak.


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Re: Love Bugs Flying in Florida

Remember that Bounce Dryer sheets with water and a drop of Dawn will bust them bugs.. just don't let them sit on the bike too long.. you need your headlights..

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Peroxide in a spray bottle works much better.
Just spray it on them, it dissolves them to a soapy foam, wipe off with a damp rag, no scratches.
That sounds really disgusting. I've never seen these critters; heard of them, but have never been in Florida at the right time or whatever. Y'all can keep them.

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Re: Love Bugs Flying in Florida

It happens two times a year down here. Sometimes so thick that you actually have to pull over and clean them off to see through a cages windshield.

If you are not in a hurry, after a daily ride, they also come off with a 15 minute soaking of just water. I try to never leave them on too long as they will etch into the paint and plastic.

If you've got them on your car's windshield and it starts to rain, it can be a real bear to see out. Wipers just spread the gook around if it is thick. Always a good idea in Florida to have a good scrub pad and some water for roadside cleaning during the season.

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That sounds really disgusting. I've never seen these critters; heard of them, but have never been in Florida at the right time or whatever. Y'all can keep them.
Here you go Howard. This is from one patch that I hit yesterday on the way home. Maybe 200 yards or so, and they were very very sparse compared to what I've seen in the past. I've had windshields go from almost completely clear to barely able to see in just a few miles. On a naked bike you can slow down to about 35 mph and they will mostly zoom around your faceshield rather than splat. Kinda weird 'cuz that happens at about an inch away.


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Re: Love Bugs Flying in Florida

My typical LOVE BUG clean up is to soak an old beach towel with hot water, lay it over the affected area for about 1 minute and simply wipe off the slimy goo! Works great on the bike and the car. The only problem areas are all those little cracks and crevices like around the LT headlight. That's an area where Dave's H2O2 technique might have a real advantage.

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Thanks for reminder Dave. I bet it cleans radiators too.

Will try it next visit home.

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Here you go Howard. This is from one patch that I hit yesterday on the way home. Maybe 200 yards or so, and they were very very sparse compared to what I've seen in the past. I've had windshields go from almost completely clear to barely able to see in just a few miles. On a naked bike you can slow down to about 35 mph and they will mostly zoom around your faceshield rather than splat. Kinda weird 'cuz that happens at about an inch away.
That's just wrong. Ugh.

OTOH, getting rid of several months of snow and ice in exchange for that? May not be a bad trade!

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